Thursday, January 3, 2019

Pro Football Hall of Fame Announces Finalists

LOOKING AHEAD
By John Turney
Pro Football Hall of Fame Graphic
This evening the Pro Football Hall of Fame Announced their list of 15 Finalists to go with Pat Bowlen and Gil Brandt who were selected as Contributors Finalists Announced and Johnny Robinson who was selected as Seniors Finalist.

Below is the full list of modern-era finalists for the 2019 class:
Steve Atwater, safety – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets
Champ Bailey, cornerback – 1999-2003 Washington Redskins, 2004-2013 Denver Broncos
Tony Boselli, tackle – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars
Isaac Bruce, wide receiver – 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers
Don Coryell, coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
Alan Faneca, guard – 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals
Tom Flores, coach – 1979-1987 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-94 Seattle Seahawks
Tony Gonzalez, tight end – 1997-2008 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009-2013 Atlanta Falcons
Steve Hutchinson, guard – 2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-2011 Minnesota Vikings,
2012 Tennessee Titans
Edgerrin James, running back – 1999-2005 Indianapolis Colts, 2006-08 Arizona Cardinals,2009 Seattle Seahawks
Ty Law, cornerback – 1995-2004 New England Patriots, 2005, 2008 New York Jets, 2006-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009 Denver Broncos
John Lynch, free safety – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos
Kevin Mawae, center – 1994-97 Seattle Seahawks, 1998-2005 New York Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee Titans
Ed Reed, safety – 2002-2012 Baltimore Ravens, 2013 Houston Texans, 2013 New York Jets
Richard Seymour, defensive end/defensive tackle – 2001-08 New England Patriots, 2009-2012 Oakland Raiders

Here is how the Finalist list breaks down
OFFENSE
RB (1) – EDGERRIN JAMES.
WR (1) – ISAAC BRUCE.
TE (1) – TONY GONZALEZ.
C (4) –  KEVIN MAWAE
T  (2) –TONY BOSELLI 
G (2)– ALAN FANECA, STEVE HUTCHINSON.

DEFENSE
DL (1) – RICHARD SEYMOUR.
S (3) – ED REED, JOHN LYNCH, STEVE ATWATER,
CB (2) – TY LAW, CHAMP BAILEY.

HEAD COACHES
COACHES (2) – DON CORYELL, TOM FLORES.

Here the players are (not the coaches for obvious reasons) in chart form, comparing their career All-Pro selections (click to enlarge):

These are the players/coaches who did not make the cut from the semi-final list to the finalist list
Ronde Barber, CB/S – 1997-2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
LeRoy Butler, S – 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers 
Torry Holt, WR – 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars
Jimmy Johnson, Coach – 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins 
Clay Matthews, LB – 1978-1993 Cleveland Browns, 1994-96 Atlanta Falcons
Karl Mecklenburg, LB – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos 
Sam Mills, LB – 1986-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers 
Zach Thomas, LB – 1996-2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Dallas Cowboys
Hines Ward, WR – 1998-2011 Pittsburgh Steelers 
Darren Woodson, S – 1992-2003 Dallas Cowboys

Here are those who didn't make the cut in chart form (click to enlarge):

2 comments:

  1. A lot of good players here but it is a bummer to see so many of the great old players from the pre 90s era overlooked.

    Joe Klecko was a great player. Bob Kuchenberg, Chuck Howley, Randy Gradishar, Mike Kenn, Larry Brooks, Cliff Harris, Lee Roy Jordan all belong I feel.

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